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COMSAT Mobile Communications -- Working With U.S. Coast Guard to Save Lives at Sea

Two employees of the COMSAT Mobile Communications (CMC) Land Earth Station in Southbury, Conn., were recognized recently by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) for coordinating life-saving satellite communications for the Coast Guard, the maritime vessel Ocean Wolf and four rescue ships. The incident began around 6:30 p.m. EST on Monday, October 30, 2000, when the (USCG) Station in San Juan, Puerto Rico, contacted Southbury requesting assistance in communicating with Ocean Wolf, which had suffered an explosion in the engine room and was taking on water. Unknown at the time was the extent of damage and danger to the vessel — it was adrift and Tropical Storm Joyce was bearing down on its location. Ocean Wolf was in the Atlantic Ocean, more than 420 miles east of the nearest land area — the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, which was out of radio range and too far from Coast Guard ships to reach her quickly. COMSAT-C satellite service was the only means of communication available. COMSAT-C is a low-cost, digital messaging service used for telex and data applications such as e-mail, Global Positioning and Global Maritime Distress and Safety messages. Theresa Edwards and Joe Wheelahan at CMC's Southbury earth station immediately began determining locations of ships near the Ocean Wolf and requested their assistance

Pending Federal, State Legislation Threatens

Legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R-Va.) could severely damage Florida's offshore gaming industry. Under existing federal law, offshore gaming in international waters is legal, unless state pass laws specifically prohibiting the activity. Wolf's bill (H.R. 316) would reverse the situation, requiring states wanting offshore casino boats to pass laws allowing them. However, state assistant attorney general Jon Glogau said passage of the Wolf bill would instantly nullify the

Firefighters Extinguish Tanker Blaze

Firefighters extinguished a fire which broke out on the Panamanian-registered tanker Sea Wolf 1 off the Greek port of Piraeus on Monday, injuring one crew member, the Merchant Marine Ministry said. "The fire broke out in the engine room for unknown reasons," the ministry said. A ministry spokesman said the Egyptian crewman had suffered minor burns and had been taken to hospital. The nine other crew members, two Greeks and seven Egyptians, were unhurt

Malaysian Frigates Deal for Clyde Yards

According to the Herald, BAe Systems' Clyde shipyards have won a contract to design and part-build two frigates for the Malaysian navy which will help safeguard hundreds of Scottish engineering jobs. Sections of the warships are to be built at the company's Govan and Scotstoun facilities, but final assembly of the completed blocks and launch will take place at the Labuan shipyard in Malaysia. The Royal Malaysian Navy operates two frigates built at the former Yarrow shipyard in the

Marine Software Supplies Softwared to Defense Warship Support Agency

U.K. based software house Marine Software Ltd has successfully supplied Marine Planned Maintenance to the U.K. Ministry of Defense Warship Support Agency, for a number of their Challenger Class Yachts. In order to meet the Ministry of Defense s specific operational requirements, these Challenger Class Yacht systems will be office based software using Office Planned Maintenance for Windows. Configuring the systems this way will eliminate the need of installing on-board computer systems for

SSI Development for Computer Aided Robotics Welding

Image: SSI

CAD/CAM software maker SSI said it is developing solutions for Computer Aided Robotics Welding (CAR-W) consistent with its recent innovations in the area of 3D weld management.   This research project is under the aegis of the U.S. Navy's National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP).    On December 10-11, 2015, SSI representatives met with representatives from Wolf Robotics and Edison Welding Institute to further advance this development

Foss to Open Oregon Customer Service Center

Foss Maritime Company recently announced it will open a consolidated customer service center in Oregon in April 2016.   The company's existing Portland office will be renovated and modernized to incorporate the best available customer service technologies, including a state-of-the-art telephony system, heightened cyber security, and enhanced dispatching and vessel tracking capabilities.   "Consolidating customer service in our Columbia Snake River location will allow us to

Current Onshore Rig Boom Could Be Halted By Next Year

The boom in U.S. onshore oil and natural gas drilling has yet to peak, bolstering forecasts of continued strong demand for rigs, analysts and executives said this week. But growth in the onshore rig market is likely to slow down next year, and activity in the offshore market is already tailing off, with some companies sending rigs away from the Gulf of Mexico to other countries where profits may be better. "We expect to see 30 to 33 percent growth in the total U.S

Crowley Awards Scholarships to Four Cal Maritime Students

Crowley Maritime Corp. presented four California Maritime Academy (CMA) students with Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships  Photo Crowley Maritime

Crowley Maritime Corp. presented four California Maritime Academy (CMA) students with Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships during last night’s Containerization and Intermodal Institute’s Connie Awards dinner in Long Beach, Calif. Crowley’s Jenny Terpenning, recruiter, marine personnel, presented the awards to recipients, Christiana Harrell, Bonnie Claire Muchnick, Taylor Sullivan and Alex Yorkman

The Hour of the Wolf for Panamaxes - Platts Report

Shipowners operating in the trans-Atlantic dry bulk

Shipowners operating in the trans-Atlantic dry bulk market, where prices have been plumbing two-year lows on the back of acute vessel oversupply and shifting patterns in minerals demand, could be facing brighter days, according to the latest special report released by Platts, a leading global provider of energy and commodities information. The 6-page study, titled "The Hour of the Wolf for Panamaxes," takes an in-depth look at coal and grain trade in the Atlantic; reviews supply

China Protests 'Illegal,' 'Provocative' US South China Sea Patrol

China's Defense Ministry said that a patrol by a U.S. warship in the South China Sea on Friday was "illegal" and "provocative" and that it had lodged a protest with the United States.   In a statement on its website, the ministry said two Chinese warships had warned the U

US Warship Challenges China's Claims in South China Sea

Guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73) operates in the South China Sea (U.S. Navy photo by Diana Quinlan)

A U.S. navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Friday, drawing a warning from Chinese warships to leave the area.   The U.S. action was the latest attempt to counter what Washington sees as Beijing's efforts to limit freedom of navigation in the

Libyan Coast Guard Attacks Migrant Boat, Four Dead

ROME, Oct 21 (Reuters) - An NGO rescue group said on Friday that the crew of a speedboat labelled "Libyan Coast Guard" had attacked a migrant boat packed with some 150 migrants, beating them with sticks and causing at least four to fall into the water and drown.

Marine News Boat of the Month: October

Image: Tuco Marine

Tuco Marine’s Arctic Workboat Daughter Craft is Marine News' October 2016 Boat of the Month.   Danish producer Tuco Marine has introduced an all new Arctic Workboat Daughter Craft. Developed in response to international requests and specifications

Sea Trucks Wins IMR Work in West Africa

Jascon 55 (Photo: Sea Trucks Group)

Netherlands-based Sea Trucks Group (STG) said it has secured a contract award from an oil major in West Africa. STG was awarded an inspection, maintenance and repair contract for anoil major in West Africa with commencement during Q4 2016

Duterte Aligns Philippines with China to Resolve Sea Dispute

Photo: CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/DigitalGlobe

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced his "separation" from the United States on Thursday, declaring he had realigned with China as the two agreed to resolve their South China Sea dispute through talks. Duterte made his comments in Beijing

DP World to Develop Ukraine Logistics

DP World Group Chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem with President Petro Poroshenko during their meeting in Ukraine recently.

Global trade enabler DP World has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the government of Ukraine to collaborate on matters of mutual interest, including the development of logistics capability in the country.   On a recent visit to Ukraine

ICS Letter to Canadian Transport Minister

Peter Hinchliffe (Photo: ICS)

ICS Secretary General Peter Hinchliffe reaches out to the Canadian Transport Minister in a letter this week. The text of that letter follows below:   Dear Minister Garneau,   I am writing on behalf of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) which is the principal global trade

LNG Sector Ready to meet Industry Demand

Peter Keller Photo SEALNG

Ahead of the 70th Session of the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), the cross-industry coalition 'SEA\LNG' has highlighted the ability of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector to meet the future emissions requirements of the global shipping industry.

Jensen Evolves With Crowley's Support

San Francisco’s Fireboat 3, recently named one of the 10 Significant Boats of 2016 by WorkBoat magazine Photo Jensen

As the City of San Francisco commissions its latest fireboat today, the vessel, designed by Seattle-based Jensen Maritime Consultants, exemplifies the evolution and growth of the naval architecture and marine engineering firm since it was acquired by Crowley Maritime Corp. in 2008.

Electric Motors for Marine Applications

A waterproof motor with stainless steel exterior (Photo: Empire Magnetics)

Empire Magnetics President Richard Halstead discusses the critical considerations necessary for engines operating in Arctic waters.    A large number of vessels sail in more than one ocean, from warmer seas to arctic waters, so motors for marine applications must be versatile enough to

Oldendorff Acquires 8 Vessels

Babycape Photo Oldendorff

Oldendorff reported that it is continuing its fleet expansion and have acquired eight more vessels, including three Babycapes and five Post-panamax bulk carriers, as follows: 119,000 tdw, built 2011 – UBC Onsan 119,000 tdw, built 2011 – UBC Ohio

Wärtsilä to Power Mediterranean's First LNG Ferry

Baleàrias new RoRo passenger ferry (Image: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä said it has signed a contract with Construcciones Navales del Norte SL (LaNaval) shipyard in Sestao, Spain for the design and supply of the LNG power and propulsion installation for a new RoRo passenger ferry being built for Spanish owner Baleària

ST Marine Launches LMV Unity

The launching of the third Littoral Mission Vessel - Unity, built by ST Marine for the Republic of Singapore Navy Photo ST Marine

Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine), the marine arm of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering), successfully launched the third Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV), Unity, designed and built for the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN).

Arctic Shipping a Reality for Asia

Image by The Arctic Institute

 As Western firms wait to for Arctic shipping to show its worth, Asian countries are already betting on the emergence of an Arctic economic rim, reports The Arctic Journal.   For centuries, a harsh climate and ice-choked seas dashed the dreams of sailors attempting to cross the

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